Baton Rouge Home Sales Post Slight Drop In Sept.

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Home sales in metro Baton Rouge were down by 1 percent in September, despite increased sales in Ascension and Livingston parishes.

         According to figures released Tuesday by the Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors, there were 725 home sales that closed in September in the eight-parish area. That compares with 732 closed sales in September 2013.

         The Advocate’s Timothy Boone reports the biggest monthly gainer was Ascension Parish, where sales were up 4.2 percent, from 143 to 149. Livingston Parish had a slightly smaller increase, going up 3.6 percent, from 140 to 145 closed sales during the month.

         The median sales price for the metro area was up 5.9 percent from $169,900 to $180,000 last month.

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